January 7th, 2021 | Updated on June 9th, 2023
Kids grow so fast. As soon as you feel like they have enough clothes in their size, they have outgrown them or the season has changed. The amount of fast fashion that ends up in a landfill is appalling.
With a little mindful spending, we can curb the detrimental effects of the fashion industry and keep our kids in clothes that fit and look great! Sustainable clothing is especially important for the environment, kids, their future, and the well-being of all inhabitants of this beautiful planet.
Better For The Environment
Conventional fast fashion clothes are produced with many toxic chemicals and components, pesticides and microplastics for example, that are bad for the planet.
Humans, animals, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live on, all suffer the effects of contamination and pollution from this industry. Organic farming isn’t just for food. When we buy garments made from organic fabrics, we are protecting our world and everything in it.
Better For Their Future
It’s our job to think through the purchases we’re making on behalf of our children. We are not only setting an example for how to be well informed and responsible consumers, but we are using our dollars to show industries what we will and will not tolerate.
The fossil fuels used by conventional manufacturing of synthetic fibers to create clothes cause a high amount of CO2 emissions and pollution. When you choose to buy organic and sustainable clothing, you are helping to offset those emissions.
Since no chemicals are used to grow these plants, they are not ruining soil and ecosystems. Keeping the Earth healthy, allows it to reduce CO2 emissions. It also protects the planet’s wildlife. Sustainable clothing also avoids using harmful chemicals in their manufacturing processes.
Better For Them
Has your child ever complained about clothes itching? Gotten a rash or broke out in hives from new clothes? Did you know even their immune system can suffer? We spend a lot of time thinking about the things we put into our bodies, but what about what we put on it?
The skin absorbs things it comes into contact with. When it comes to organic, sustainable clothing, it’s usually hypoallergenic, softer, and won’t cause any of those scary rashes or side effects.
Sustainable clothing is also more durable than conventional clothing because it’s not being worn away at by harmful chemicals and dyes. It lasts longer and feels better.
There’s no need to sacrifice when it comes to making the switch. These are clothes you can feel good about passing along to your friends and family with children. You know they are comfortable, safe, and durable.
Better For Others
The negative impact of conventional farming goes well beyond land, water, and air. It affects the workers who farm, harvest, and manufacture these items. It affects their families and communities too. Pesticides have been linked to many health problems including cancer, birth defects, and weaker immune systems.
When purchasing organic clothing, you don’t have to worry about workers having any contact with toxic chemicals. Because of fair trade, you can also feel good knowing they are paid a living wage and your garments weren’t made in the horrific conditions of a sweatshop.
Sustainable living has a bit of a learning curve. It can seem daunting and like everything can hurt you. But with a little research, you can learn what companies are reputable, what kind of certifications to look for, and other ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Don’t get discouraged. Once you know what to look for, it gets easier, and it’s absolutely worth it!